Rescue teams searching for missing Robeson County woman after sex offender found driving her car

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Monday, October 18, 2021
Search happening near Rowland, NC for missing Robeson Co. woman
Eighteen days after Jessica Lawrence was last seen, investigators found a registered sex offender driving her car.

RED SPRINGS, N.C. (WTVD) -- The disappearance of a 42-year-old woman out of Robeson County is being called suspicious and likely unlawful, according to Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said they have reason to believe foul play is involved in the disappearance of Jessica Lawrence.

On Monday morning, North Carolina search and rescue teams from state emergency management were searching for her on Hubbard Road near Rowland.

Lawrence was last seen at her home on Coy Road in St. Pauls, North Carolina, on Sept. 26. She was first reported missing by a family member on Oct. 12.

On Oct. 14, investigators found Lawrence's 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Red Springs being driven by someone else.

That someone else was 42-year-old Michael Brayboy. He was arrested and charged with failure to report a change of address by a sex offender. He was booked into the Robeson County Detention Center on a $1.5 million bond.

"We can't discuss details of where the investigation is at this point but many leads have been established and evidence has been obtained," Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said. "We are asking for the public's assistance in regards to anyone that observed Brayboy in the vehicle described or may have seen him with Lawrence around September 26-27, 2021 to come forward."

If you have information that might help, call Robeson County Sheriff's Office at (910) 671-3170.